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Alestorm is a Scottish Heavy Metal band from Perth, in the Celtic Alliance. It was dubbed "Pirate Metal" by Doomsday magazine, a name which stuck. Founded in 2005, it has 5 members- Christoper Bowes (Vocals, Keyboard), Gavin Harper (Lead Guitar), Dani Evans (Melodic guitar), Gareth Murdock (bass), and Ian Wilson (drums).


The logo of Alestorm


Early Years

Captain Morgan's Curse

Black Sails Over Europe

Skull And Crossbones


Musical Style

Early in the years of the band, before they were signed, they were described as a textbook "Power Metal" band with fantasy and medieval inspired lyrics. Following their signature to (Label) Records, their sound took a turn into the previously unexplored territory of Pirate Metal, which took influences from the upbeat and technically demanding sound of Power Metal, and many of the instruments rarely used in the contest of metal, akin to Folk Metal. Lyrics are inspired by stereotypical Western pirates, and using synthesized accordion and other instruments to give it the feel of a sea-shanty. Lyrics take inspiration heavily from the Western stereotype of pirates and fantasy and mythology to a certain extent, dealing with krakens, giant whales and other mythical beasts. The band also plays on the fact that pirates are often shown to be jovial, with many of their songs showcasing jolly pirate behavior. Alestorm has also been a major player in the heavy metal scene around the world, and has influenced several contemporary bands.


Captain Morgan's Curse (Sept 2007)

  • Over the Seas
  • Captain Morgan's Curse
  • Master of the Hunt
  • Rum and Wenches

    The normal cover of Black Sails Over Europe

  • Life At the Mast
  • Terror of the Seas
  • Sail and Conquer
  • Gold and Glory
  • Flower of Scotland

Black Sails Over Europe (Aug 2009)

  • The Quest
  • Battleheart
  • In the Navy
  • Keerhauled
  • Pirates to the End

    The Cover of Skull and Crossbones

  • No Quarter
  • Black Sails Over Europe
  • The Ballad of Dread Jones
  • Wolves of the Sea
  • Revenge Chronicles

Skull And Crossbones (June 2011)

  • Skull and Crossbones
  • Shipwrecked
  • Pirates We Be
  • Plow the Seas
  • Barrett's Privateers

    The Cover of Leviathan

  • Throes of the Terrorsquid
  • Swashbuckle
  • Buckfast, Powersmash
  • The Sunken Norwegian
  • Mead
  • Cannon and Musket

Leviathan (Sept 2013)

  • Hempen Jig
  • Leviathan
  • Davy Jones' Locker
  • The Hunt of the Kraken
  • Mutiny
  • Swig of Rum
  • Hell Awaits
  • Cursed Gold
  • Pilfer and Kill

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